Before he opened fire at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas killing 50 people and wounding hundreds of others, by all accounts, Stephen Paddock was a typical guy living a relatively normal life.
But as details continue to emerge, many are wondering how he pulled off the deadliest mass shooting in US history without anyone knowing.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
David French at National Review reported:
It certainly sounds as if the shooter used either fully-automatic weapons or semi-automatic weapons modified (through, for example, a bump fire stock) to closely simulate automatic fire. Moreover, the police are reporting that he had “more than 10 rifles.”
He apparently rented his corner room for days and may have even set up cameras to detect when police were approaching. That’s all strange enough, but it’s even more unusual when you consider that his own family apparently didn’t know that he maintained a stockpile of guns…
…So, a person who’s “not a gun guy” has either expended untold thousands of dollars to legally purchase fully-automatic weapons, somehow found them on the black market, or purchased and substantially modified multiple semi-automatic weapons — and did so with enough competence to create a sustained rate of fire. This same person also spent substantial sums purchasing just the right hotel room to maximize casualties. I cannot think of a single other mass shooter who went to this level of expense and planning in the entire history of the United States.
— Bryan Suits KFI AM640 (@darksecretplace) October 2, 2017
A St. Louis gun expert says to purchase one fully automatic weapon could cost around $30,000.
Paddock had 10 weapons in his room.
An AK-47 semi-automatic would cost you $400-$500.
PADDOCK BOUGHT MORE THAN 30 WEAPONS!
A total of 19 weapons have been recovered so far.
FOX News reported:
Equipping an AR-15, for example, with a Slide Fire stock would be far cheaper and easier than buying a machine gun. Machine guns in the U.S. can cost upwards of $15,000 and require the buyer to undergo a personally intrusive and months-long application process with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Paddock had previously visited the hotel two other times.
“Not an avid gun guy at all…where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background,” gunman’s brother says pic.twitter.com/EMSKLQGYFM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017
Paddock had been at the hotel since September 28th. He was not on anyone’s radar.
Paddock rented two rooms at the Mandalay hotel.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) October 2, 2017
Years later, there are still no clear answers, but as the investigations continue, more facts are sure to be brought to light.